Transportation Security Administration officers stopped a traveler with a “very long, very sharp machete” who tried to get through the security checkpoint at a Connecticut airport recently.
According to TSA Public Affairs spokesperson Lisa Farbstein, the traveler was trying to get through the checkpoint at Bradley International Airport.
“Quick give me the top 5 reasons you’d need a machete on an airplane. Go!” Farbstein tweeted along with a photo of the machete.
The responses varied, from “Cut through the cookie or cracker packaging that is always impossible to open without spilling everywhere,” to “Snakes on a plane. Duh.”
One of our favorites: “To reclaim the arm rests! To block the drink cart from knocking elbows. Free up the lavatory with ease. Crack open a window. Cigar cutter (1960).”
In a follow-up tweet, Farbstein shared another photo showing “a box of prohibited items” TSA officers have collected at the airport.
“You’ll notice a lot of wine bottle openers. These bottle openers have knives attached. Tip: Most hotels and B&Bs have bottle openers that you can borrow. No need to bring one,” she said.
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